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Top journalism schools in Australia


February, 2010: The most recent survey shows that Jschool is again among top-ranked journalism schools in Australia, with 100 percent of graduating students giving it "high" or "very high" satisfaction levels.

Jschool is one of only two Australian journalism courses to have received the top rating in the latest comparative survey. Jschool is also the only journalism school to have been Number 1 four years in a row. For comparisons across the past four years, see Rankings of journalism schools


Recent survey results

_________________________________________________________________________ POSITION UNIVERSITY / COLLEGE SATISFACTION % (prev.year) (previous year %) 1 (1) Jschool: Journalism Education & Training 100 (100) 1 (-) Bond University 100 - 3 (25) University of Newcastle 86 (35) 4 (13) University of Canberra 85 (73) 4 (6) University of the Sunshine Coast 85 (86) 6 (9) University of Western Sydney 82 (78) 6 (7) Edith Cowan University 82 (79) 8 (19) University of Tasmania 81 (58) 9 (1) Charles Sturt University 80 (100) 9 (1) RMIT University 80 (100) 11 (12) Murdoch University 79 (74) 12 (14) Deakin University 78 (72) 13 (14) Monash University 77 (72) 13 (19) University of South Australia 77 (58) 15 (5) University of Technology Sydney 76 (87) 16 (22) Central Queensland University 75 (50) 17 (7) University of Southern Queensland 72 (79) 18 (10) Queensland University of Technology 69 (75) 19 (24) University of Wollongong 67 (44) 20 (21) La Trobe University 64 (53) 21 (4) James Cook University 62 (89) 22 (16) Curtin University 59 (71) 23 (18) Griffith University 57 (64) 24 (23) University of Queensland 42 (45) AVERAGE 'satisfied' plus 'very satisfied' 70.9 (based on 547 responses) Satisfaction % indicates percentage of "very satisfied" plus "satisfied" responses to the question, "Overall, I was satisfied with the quality of this course." The percentages are rounded to the nearest whole number. Figures indicate the survey results for students who have completed undergraduate-level courses in journalism. Data are presented where the response rate for an institution's survey is at least 4 graduating students. The numbers of students who responded to each institution's survey are as follows: Bond 6, Canberra 13, CQU 4, Curtin 39, CSU 5, Deakin 18, ECU 34, Griffith 53,JCU 13, Jschool 9, La Trobe 14, Monash 31, Murdoch 19, Newcastle 7, QUT 64, RMIT 25, South Australia 22, Tasmania 31, UQ 31, USC 13, USQ 18, UTS 46, UWS 11, Wollongong 18. The figures in brackets indicates the institution's position or percentage in the previous year. Figures for journalism courses at universities have been drawn from the "Overall Satisfaction Index" dataset for all courses as consolidated by Graduate Careers Australia, while Jschool's figures were gathered independently. _________________________________________________________________________

Top journalism schools in Australia (2007)



SEPTEMBER, 2008: Jschool is among top-ranked journalism schools in Australia, with 100 percent of graduating students giving it "high" or "very high" satisfaction levels in the most recent national survey.

Jschool is one of three Australian journalism courses receiving the top rating.


2007 survey

_________________________________________________________________________ POSITION UNIVERSITY / COLLEGE SATISFACTION % (prev.year) (previous %) 1 (1) Jschool (Brisbane) 100 (100) 1 (6) Charles Sturt University (Bathurst, NSW) 100 (80) 1 (16) RMIT (Melbourne) 100 (69) 4 (15) James Cook University (Townsville, Qld) 89 (72) 5 (12) University of Technology, Sydney 87 (74) 6 (1) University of the Sunshine Coast 86 (100) 7 (20) University of Southern Queensland (Toowoomba) 79 (60) 7 (16) Edith Cowan University (Perth) 79 (69) 9 (14) University of Western Sydney (Penrith) 78 (73) 10 (10) Queensland University of Technology 75 (75) 10 (6) University of Notre Dame (Fremantle, WA) 75 (80) 12 (5) Murdoch University (Perth) 74 (84) 13 (23) University of Canberra 73 (48) 14 (8) Deakin University (Geelong, Victoria) 72 (77) 14 (9) Monash University (Melbourne) 72 (76) 16 (22) Curtin University of Technology (Perth) 71 (59) 17 (4) Southern Cross University (Lismore, NSW) 68 (86) 18 (19) Griffith University (Brisbane) 64 (61) 19 (10) University of Tasmania (Hobart) 58 (75) 19 (18) University of South Australia (Adelaide) 58 (68) 21 (12) La Trobe University (Victoria) 53 (74) 22 (1) Central Queensland University (Rockhampton) 50 (100) 23 (23) University of Queensland 45 (48) 24 (20) University of Wollongong 44 (60) 25 (25) University of Newcastle 35 (40) AVERAGE 69.2 (based on 594 responses) Figures indicate the survey results for students who have completed undergraduate-level courses in journalism. Response rates: The numbers of students responding varied from 4 (CQU and Notre Dame) to 69 (QUT). The figures in brackets indicates the institution's position or percentage in the previous year. Satisfaction % indicates percentage of "very satisfied" plus "satisfied" responses to the question, "Overall, I was satisfied with the quality of this course." The percentages are rounded to the nearest whole number. Figures for universities were gathered by Graduate Careers Australia and are accessible at the Universities Australia website: http://www.universitiesaustralia.edu.au. Jschool's figures were gathered independently. _________________________________________________________________________

Top journalism schools in Australia (2006)

AUGUST, 2007: Jschool has again been ranked among the Number 1 journalism schools in Australia, with 100 percent of graduating students giving it "high" or "very high" satisfaction levels.

Jschool is one of three Australian journalism courses receiving the top rating, and one of only two journalism colleges to have been number 1 in two successive years.


2006 survey

_________________________________________________________________________ POSITION UNIVERSITY / COLLEGE SATISFACTION % (prev.year) (previous %) 1 (1) Jschool (Brisbane) 100 (100) 1 (-) Central Queensland University 100 1 (1) University of the Sunshine Coast 100 (100) 4 (23) Southern Cross University (north NSW) 86 ( 45) 5 (4) Murdoch University (Perth) 84 ( 88) 6 (-) Notre Dame University (Perth) 80 6 (22) Charles Sturt University (western NSW) 80 ( 50) 8 (9) Deakin University (Victoria) 77 ( 73) 9 (10) Monash University (Melbourne) 76 ( 72) 10 (11) University of Tasmania 75 ( 70) 10 (14) QUT (Brisbane) 75 ( 63) 12 (4) UTS (Sydney) 74 ( 88) 12 (7) LaTrobe (Melbourne) 74 ( 75) 14 (1) University of Western Sydney 73 (100) 15 (15) James Cook University (North Qld) 72 ( 61) 16 (19) Edith Cowan University (Perth) 69 ( 57) 16 (17) RMIT (Melbourne) 69 ( 60) 18 (8) University of South Australia 68 ( 74) 19 (13) Griffith University (Brisbane) 61 ( 67) 20 (22) Wollongong University 60 ( 50) 20 (12) University of Southern Queensland 60 ( 68) 22 (15) Curtin University (Perth) 59 ( 61) 23 (6) University of Canberra 48 ( 77) 23 (20) University of Queensland 48 ( 52) 25 (20) Newcastle University 40 ( 52) AVERAGE 70.4 (based on 637 responses) Figures indicate the results for students who have completed undergraduate-level courses in journalism. Response rates: Institutions are included in the comparisons only when the number of respondents is at least 4. The numbers of students responding varied from 4 (CQU) to 72 (QUT). The figures in brackets indicates the institution's position or percentage last year. A dash indicates the institution was not included in the previous year's survey. Satisfaction % indicates percentage of "very satisfied" plus "satisfied" responses to the question, "Overall, I was satisfied with the quality of this course." The percentages are rounded to the nearest whole number. Figures for universities were gathered by Graduate Careers Australia and are accessible at the Universities Australia website: http://www.universitiesaustralia.edu.au. _________________________________________________________________________

Top journalism schools in Australia (2005)

[See also: Sally Jackson: "What makes a good school of journalism" (The Australian, 21 Sep 2006). and also: "Why we need journalism school rankings" (Editorialiste Blogspot, May 2007).]

Which is the best journalism school in Australia? There is no national "league table" of journalism courses and programs, but surveys of graduating students' assessments provide one important basis for ranking journalism schools and colleges. Annual course experience questionnaires provide evidence of new graduates' opinions of their courses, with levels of satisfaction gauged on the basis of student responses to specific questions designed to tap various aspects of their courses.

Surveys of their graduates are conducted each year by universities with results collated nationally by the Graduate Careers Council of Australia (www.graduatecareers.com.au). Separately, the basic survey instrument, where respondents indicate their level of agreement or disagreement on a five-point scale, is administered to Jschool students after completion of their course.

Comparing the results, Jschool ranks as one of the top journalism schools in the three core scales: overall satisfaction, good teaching and generic skills.

For each scale the percentages indicating satisfaction or high satisfaction ("agree" plus "strongly agree" responses) for institutions teaching undergraduate journalism courses are as follows:

2005 survey

Overall satisfaction

Question: Overall, I was satisfied with the quality of this course.

Position College Percentage
(% high + very high satisfaction)

Top Five

=1.Jschool: Journalism Education & Training100
=1.University of the Sunshine Coast100
=1.University of Western Sydney100
=4.Murdoch University88
=4.University of Technology, Sydney88

Next Five

6.University of Canberra77
7.La Trobe University75
8.University of South Australia74
9.Deakin University73
10.Monash University72

 

11.University of Tasmania70
12.University of Southern Queensland68
13.Griffith University67
14.Queensland University of Technology63
=15.James Cook University61
=15.Curtin University of Technology61
=17.Bond University60
=17.RMIT University60
19.Edith Cowan University57
=20.University of Newcastle52
=20.University of Queensland52
=22.Charles Sturt University50
=22.University of Wollongong50
23.Southern Cross University45

Good teaching scale

Position College Percentage

Top Five

1.University of the Sunshine Coast92
2.Jschool: Journalism Education & Training83
3.Murdoch University68
4.University of Tasmania67
5.University of Western Sydney67

Next Five

6.University of Canberra66
7.University of Technology, Sydney62
8.Deakin University58
9.La Trobe University57
10.James Cook University55

 

11.University of South Australia54
12.University of Southern Queensland53
13.RMIT University52
14.University of Newcastle49
15.Southern Cross University46
16.Edith Cowan University43
17.Monash University43
=18.Griffith University 42
=18.University of Queensland42
20.Bond University40
21.Queensland University of Technology39
22.Curtin University of Technology38
=23.Charles Sturt University25
=23.University of Wollongong25

Generic skills scale

Position College Percentage

Top Five

1.Murdoch University84
2.Jschool: Journalism Education & Training81
3.University of the Sunshine Coast75
=4.La Trobe University71
=4.University of Technology, Sydney71

Next Five

=6.Curtin University of Technology70
=6.University of Canberra70
8.University of Western Sydney69
=9.James Cook University68
=9.RMIT University68

 

11.Griffith University67
12.University of Newcastle66
13.University of South Australia63
14.Deakin University62
15.University of Queensland61
16.Southern Cross University57
=17.Monash University56
=17.University of Tasmania 56
=19.Edith Cowan University 55
=19.Queensland University of Technology55
21.Bond University53
22.University of Southern Queensland51
23.Charles Sturt University42
24.University of Wollongong33

Percentages are rounded

= denotes equal rank

See also tuition fee comparisons)


 

What makes a good school of journalism

The Australian, September 21, 2006, p.17

JOURNALISM courses run by the University of the Sunshine Coast, the University of Western Sydney and the private Brisbane college Jschool have been judged the best by their students.

All the graduates of those courses who returned questionnaires in the annual Graduate Careers Council of Australia survey said they were very satisfied or satisfied.

Rounding out the top five were Perth’s Murdoch University and Sydney’s University of Technology, with 88 per cent of their graduates declaring themselves satisfied.

The University of Newcastle, University of Queensland, Charles Sturt University, the University of Wollongong and Southern Cross University had satisfaction ratings of 50 per cent, meaning half their journalism major graduates were very dissatisfied, dissatisfied or neutral about their experience.

The annual graduate course experience survey polls the attitudes of graduates towards their courses and the skills they acquire through tertiary education.

As a private college, Jschool wasn’t included in the survey, but founder Professor John Henningham distributed the same questionnaire to his half dozen graduates. He also mined the published survey results to produce the league table. The survey showed newer, smaller schools were outdoing better-known courses which provided less individual attention and field work, Professor Henningham said. “The problem with the bigger courses is they have huge numbers. Hundreds of students begin each year and … journalism is just one subject they do. I don’t think they offer up a great camaraderie or a real excitement about journalism.”

Students appreciated individual feedback and also valued practical training in skills such as shorthand over academic theorising, Henningham said.

“The approach to journalism education we have developed involves lots of reporting and writing and a real focus on journalism as a career, not simply on having book knowledge.”

Overall, a national average of 66.5 per cent of journalism-school graduates were satisfied with their course and 64.5 per cent were satisfied with their generic skills, but only 50.8 per cent were satisfied with the teaching of their course.

Dr Stephen Lamble, head of the communication school at Sunshine Coast, endorsed Jschool’s league table, saying his university had also examined the raw data with the same results. Sunshine Coast was among the top three performers in the survey, a result Dr Lamble attributed to its small class sizes, experienced teachers and hands-on training. “We have a strong practical emphasis based on good sound theory,” he said. “Every one of our lecturers is a working journalist or a former journalist. As far as I’m aware, we’re the only journalism course apart from Jschool that offers every student an internship as part of the course.”

Sunshine Coast turned out 30 to 50 journalism graduates a year and would limit its course size to that number, Dr Lamble said. “We have close to 100 per cent employment of our graduates.”

Although the University of Wollongong ranked poorly in the survey, Dr Stephen Tanner, head of its school of journalism and creative writing, said post-graduates had been very supportive of its program. However, “at an undergraduate level we recognised there was a need to increase the number of journalism subjects the students do,” he said. From next year a full bachelor of journalism degree with more than 20 subjects will be offered.

“That is in response to concerns students have raised about the number and range of subjects on offer here.”

SURVEY RESULTS

Course and percentage satisfaction rating

1. Jschool: Journalism Education & Training: 100%
1. University of the Sunshine Coast: 100%
1. University of Western Sydney: 100%
4. Murdoch University: 88%
4. University of Technology, Sydney: 88%
6. University of Canberra: 77%
7. La Trobe University: 75%
8. University of South Australia: 74%
9. Deakin University: 73%
10. Monash University: 72%
11. University of Tasmania: 70%
12. University of Southern Queensland: 68%
13. Griffith University: 67%
14. Queensland University of Technology: 63%
15. James Cook University: 61%
15. Curtin University of Technology: 61%
17. Bond University: 60%
17. RMIT University: 60%
19. Edith Cowan University: 57%
20. University of Newcastle: 52%
20. University of Queensland: 52%
22, Charles Sturt University: 50%
22. University of Wollongong: 50%
23. Southern Cross University: 45%

National Average: 66.5%